Ake Festival 2015 in pictures: Engaging the fringe

For the third edition of Ake Arts and Book Festival, the Cultural Centre in Kuto, Abeokuta played host to renowned writers, artists, filmmakers and book enthusiasts from all over the world.  This year’s theme – ‘Engaging the fringe,’ was focused on discussing the genre and creative endeavor, kicked off on November 17, 2015 and came to a close on Saturday the 21st.

The week long event celebrated contemporary African literature, art, film and theatre projected through book chats, panel discussions, film and documentary screenings.

For aspiring writers, a fiction writing workshop with Helon Habila, Taiye Selasi and Nnedi Okorafor taught them about improving on writing and editing–the key ingredients in preparing their works for publication.

In all, the event was a delight as writers and non- writers mingled, discussed, questioned and argued. Professor Remi Raji.  Poet and President of the Association of Nigerian Authors.

Professor Remi Raji. Poet and President of the Association of Nigerian Authors.

Professor Niyi Osundare. Poet, dramatist and literary critic.
Professor Niyi Osundare. Poet, dramatist and literary critic.

Victor Ehikamenor. Visual artist, photographer and writer.
Victor Ehikamenor. Visual artist, photographer and writer.

A. Igoni Barret. Author -Black Ass
A. Igoni Barret. Author -Black Ass

Yewande Omotosho. Author- Bomboy
Yewande Omotosho. Author- Bomboy

Inua Ellams. Poet, playwright and performer
Inua Ellams. Poet, playwright and performer

Dami Ajayi. Author- Clinical Blues
Dami Ajayi. Author- Clinical Blues

Lola Shoneyin, Victor Ehikamenor, Ayodele Morocco-Clarke, Toni Kan, Kadaria Ahmed
Lola Shoneyin, Victor Ehikamenor, Ayodele Morocco-Clarke, Toni Kan, Kadaria Ahmed

L-R: Pius Adesanmi, Kadaria Ahmed and Mona Eltahawy.
L-R: Pius Adesanmi, Kadaria Ahmed and Mona Eltahawy.

Mazi Fred Nwonwu, Nnedi Okorafor, Dilman Dila and Mehul Gohil
Mazi Fred Nwonwu, Nnedi Okorafor, Dilman Dila and Mehul Gohil

Helon Habila, Eltahawy and Maaza Mengiste
Helon Habila, Eltahawy and Maaza Mengiste

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